The Honorable Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-3306
2000 West First Street, Suite 508
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27104
Re: Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) S1173
Dear Senator Burr:
As the 111th Congress gets underway, I wish to write to assure you, first of all, of my gratitude for your fine service in representing our State in Washington.
One of the first items of business you will encounter during this term will be the Freedom of Choice Act, which our President-elect has promised to enact upon his entry to the Oval Office. This is a bill which I passionately oppose. Given your 0 rating from NARAL (congratulations on that, by the way!) I am confident we can count on your continuing defense of the unborn and on your opposition to FOCA. I’m truly grateful that we have at least one Senator in Washington who stands as a statesman and a voice of reason amidst the chaos which the liberal Democrats have sought to impose through their outrageous agenda.
The restrictions painfully gained during the Bush administration were sensible, reasonable, and very modest. Sparing infants of gruesome destruction by D&E (Dilation and Evacuation, also known as “partial birth” abortion), securing reasonable medical care for the survivors of abortion, and securing rights of conscience for health care providers were among those laudable accomplishments that I hope and pray will not long go without the greater respect and appreciation they deserve.
Now those gains are threatened by the Freedom of Choice Act. By removing all these regulations, as well as the laws of individual States in regulating the abortion industry, Senator Boxer and her co-sponsors are jeopardizing the well-being of women, not only the lives of the unborn. The undefined term “Interference” of Section 4 has such outrageous and far-reaching possibilities of interpretation that it promises chaos if the bill is passed as currently written.
You have my ongoing support in facing this controversy and opposing FOCA. I was raised southern Democrat, but I have been voting pro-life since my first election, in 1976; I finally quit straddling the fence and registered as a Republican this fall. I’ll be watching this Congress with great interest.
With warm regards, I remain
Very truly yours,